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Photo by: Philippe Bosse/Syfy

Helix Podcast S2E2 – Reunion

Welcome to the Helix Podcast, a fan podcast that dives deep into the SyFy series “Helix.” This week we learned a bit more of the events prior to the CDC arriving at St. Germain, and answers (somewhat) to a few of our burning questions. Join us as we talk about Helix Season 2 Episode 2: “Reunion.”

After each episode, join hosts Ryan Boyles and Tim Arthur as they discuss each Helix episode, share news about the show, interview cast and crew, and bring you predictions on what may be to come.

***Warning: Spoilers Ahead!***

Helix News

Fan Cast from Wednesday Jan 21 was a lot of fun!

Shout-out to special co-hosts @atheneblue @ophumod @dinelle_fuller and fans on twitter @sfwheeler15 @kenseysmom @munrovalentina
Watch the replay helixpodcast.com/live and stay tuned for upcoming fan casts that you can co-host or attend.

Ratings

  • 1M for L+Same Day for “San Jose” Season 2 Premiere
  • Lots of the twitter commentary we saw took place after the live broadcast from folks watching on time shift

News Via SyFy

  • January 22, 2015 – Syfy today announced the appointment of Andie Beckerman to the position of Vice President, Alternative Development and Production. Beckerman, who developed and oversaw current programming on a wide range of successful unscripted series such as Talking Dead, Comic Book Men and Game of Arms, will be based in the channel’s Los Angeles office. She will report to Heather Olander, Senior Vice President, Alternative Development and Production, Syfy.
  • January 21, 2015 – Syfy Sync won a Best Content Extension Made for Mobile Award at the 7th Annual Mobile Excellence Awards.

Fan Feedback

@TomCarney_ via Twitter, likes the new season’s island setting:

@SarahTheMascara via Twitter, is not crazy about the new direction:

Favorite Five (actually 6) Moments

This is Day 2 and Day 10952.

  1. I’m still pregnant.
  2. Stephen Weber’s Brother Michael is creepy.Helix_gallery_202QuestionsAnswers_01
  3. Brother Creepy Curly should not be left alone with the children.
  4. You “be my path” and I’ll show you mine.
  5. Peter’s Vector flashback.
  6. The SIGN!!!!

Plot discussion

Day 2

  • Alan Farragut (Billy Campbell) flashback sequence shows how it comes to discover the island of St. Germaine – watches video where Peter gives the sign…. (run like hell)
  • Alan is “Brother Jerome”Helix_gallery_202QuestionsAnswers_03
  • Brother Michael (new, Stephen Weber) questions Alan to figure out his motivations for coming to the island
    • Alan: I’ve done bad things
    • Michael: So you’re hiding?
  • CDC Team, Dr. Sarah Jordan (Jordan Hayes), Dr. Peter Farragut (Neil Napier), Dr. Kyle Sommer (new, Matt Long) investigate spread of the pathogen and Brother Michael, oddly, wants their help
    • Sister Anne is very skeptical but takes them on a tour
  • Sarah is having nose bleeds
  • Sarah reconnects with Alan and they discuss her 15 month immortal fetus pregnancy
  • More “Reckless Immortal Jordan” with her rock and roll biology field test moment
    • Peter scolds her again
  • Sarah investigates Brother Isaac’s job for the crop
    • She goes out in the orchard with Sister Agnus (73)
    • “The adults are never alone with the children”
    • The crops are “designed” by Brother Michael in the botany lab
    • Alan gives Sarah the hand sign to “stay away”Helix_gallery_202QuestionsAnswers_06
  • Child of the Corn, “Soren” (10), has a funky rash and attacks his mother
  • Peter seems to have no love for Alan
    • Peter does not care about Alan’s sign to“stay away”
    • Peter “We don’t run – we’re CDC”
    • Sarah: “that sounds like something Alan would say”
  • Brother Isaac is a Yellow Vector
    • Sarah encounters him inside the Abbey
    • Peter’s PTS reaction to “Yellow Vector”
    • Another young member of the cult finds Isaac
    • Isaac cuts his neck and yellow stuff puffs out
  • Dr. Sommer and Sister Amy spend some quality time touring the facility
    • Kyle asks Amy if she ever considered leaving the island
    • Sister Amy was born and raised on the island
    • “Maybe you can show me” – “what people on the island don’t have”
    • Amy comes onto Kyle but he rebuffs her
  • “The Minders” instruct the children to figure out the right way
  • Brother Creepy Curly takes Soren outside the gate to meet his mother but there is a “Yellow Vector” waiting for himHelix_gallery_202QuestionsAnswers_09

Day 10952 (Thirty Years Later)

  • Discuss difference in time shift from screener being 40 years later – is this a significant change?
  • Julia (Kyra Zagorsky) and Caleb (new, @JimmyThorburn) dig up Alan’s grave
  • The skeleton is not Alan – the skull is female and all of the bones belong to different people
  • Julia thinks the bones are a message from Alan
    • She finds a third hip bone half that has a diagram etched into itHelix_gallery_202QuestionsAnswers_07
    • Caleb reveals it is a map of St. Germaine “Someplace you don’t want to go”
    • Julia “I have to go”
  • They find bones in the forest on the way to the river – remains of a child
    • Jules “an animal must have gotten to them”
    • Caleb “something worse”

Big questions of the week

  • Who is the infected dude roaming out in the woods?
  • Did the Vectors kill the lone survivor or did they do it?
  • How is the yellow goo related to the virus of the infected people?
  • Is Brother Michael suspicious about Brother Jerome?
  • Does this mean Caleb is not Alan and Sarah’s son?
  • Why are bones of children scattered in the woods?
  • Is Soren killed or going to be converted to a Yellow Vector?
  • What do you do with an immortal fetus?
  • Are Sarah’s nose bleeds really from her 15 month 1st trimester pregnancy?
  • Did Alan engineer the TMX7 virus 10 years later to kill the immortals?
  • Where the hell is #SHIRTLESSEROS?

Death count

  • Isaac?
  • Soren?
  • Alan?

Interact and Spread The Virus!

Let us know what you think about this episode of the Helix Podcast, as well as the “Reunion” episode of Helix! There are several ways to interact with us!

  • Leave us a comment, question, or suggestion below
  • Leave us a listener voicemail by clicking the button at the top right of this screen. We may use your voicemail on the show!
  • Send an email to: feedback [at] helixpodcast [dot] com
  • Follow @helixpodcast on Twitter! Also be sure to use hashtag #helix
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Find Ryan and Tim

Ryan can be found on Twitter by @therab. Tim can be found on Twitter by @timarthur.

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Photo by: Philippe Bosse/Syfy

Photo by: Philippe Bosse/Syfy

Helix Podcast S2E1 – San Jose

Welcome to the Helix Podcast, a fan podcast that dives deep into the SyFy series “Helix.” This week was a pretty awesome week as Helix returned for the Season 2 premiere! Join us as we talk about Helix Season 2 Episode 1: “San Jose.”

After each episode, join hosts Ryan Boyles and Tim Arthur as they discuss each Helix episode, share news about the show, interview cast and crew, and bring you predictions on what may be to come.

***Warning: Spoilers Ahead!***

Helix News & Reviews

Fan Question

Sherri Smith@SpiderWeb327

In dying to know if/how Hataki will be in the season & whether Julia cab be trusted to be a good person.

Favorite Five Moments

This is Day 1.

  1. “Do you know the way to San Jose?”
  2. Texan Doctor: “That’s why they call you Hot Zone” Hot Zone!
  3. Time shift – Day WHAH?
  4. Field of Broken Dreams – Toothless Skulls
  5. Piping in the ooze

Plot discussion

Day 1

  • Boat on the open water is the scene of mass casualties
  • CDC team of 3 investigate
  • New character Dr. Kyle Sommer played by Matt Long
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  • Dr. Sarah Jordan played by Jordan Hayes
  • Dr. Peter Farragut played by Neil Napier
  • Coast Guard is supporting CDC investigation of Narvik outbreaks
  • Yellow Cauliflower virus? What is it? It’s not Narvik.
  • Lone boat survivor take the CDC team ashore to the island
  • The island is 20 hours away from Seattle in Pacific Northwest
  • Lone survivor is seeing things
  • CDC finds bone field in the forest, all of the skulls have their teeth pulled out
  • Sarah steps on a trap called a “Pungy trap”
  • Sommer questions her about Alan’s past and the Paris bombing
  • Sommer is Texan and carries a gun
  • Lone survivor is killed and hung up in boatshed by someone
  • The Compound / Abbey is home to a sect of people who grow their own food
  • The cult says the island is not safe because of species of black bears
  • The cult has generations of inhabitants looking to live away from the world
  • New Character Brother Michael played by Stephen Webber
  • The cult is very concerned with the meaning of words – friends, lovers, liars
  • Brother Michael does not think there is any risk of contamination or infection
  • Alan Farragut is a member of the cult but not letting his presence known to the CDC team
  • In the basement of the abbey, the sisters pull out the teeth of a young woman  and pour a yellow goo substance down her throat
  • There are hundreds of mason jars on shelves filled with the yellow goo

Day 14601 – Thirty (or Forty Years Later)

  • Julia arrives at the island by herself
  • Masked man – Caleb
  • “Do you know the way to San Jose?” question
  • The boatshed is here
  • Immortals are known to Caleb and he mistrusts them
  • Immortals are dying – New virus on main land called TXM-7
  • She is looking for Alan Farragut
  • Caleb takes Julia to see Alan but “she may not like what she finds”
  • The abbey is now destroyed and burned down
  • Alan is dead? His gravestone is in the courtyard of the old Abbey

Music

  • Our old favorite, the beloved “Do you know the way to San Jose?” by Dionne Warwick is back!
  • See our spotify playlist for all the tunes and score from Helix: Spotify Playlist

Big questions of the week

  • What is the significance of the question “Do you know the way to San Jose?”
  • Where is Balleseros? > I think they used ADR of HIS voice over the masked dude to throw ppl off.
  • Where is Tulok and Anana? Will they return?
  • Can Julia be trusted now?
  • Can Peter trusted now?
  • Where is Sarah’s baby?
  • What does it mean to be immortal? Has Julia’s finger grown back?
  • Is Alan really dead?
  • What has happened in the last 1+ year with Narvik outbreaks around the globe?
  • What is creepier Yellow goo or Black goo?
  • What is that yellow stuff? WO Campbells Chicken Noodle Soup reference
  • Why aren’t the CDC team calling in reinforcements?
  • Why don’t the CDC team wear biohazard suits on the island?
  • Does Brother Michael work for Ilaria Corporation?
  • If you had immortal friends (like Alan does) would you ask to become immortal or not?

Death count

  • Entire boat of young folks on a pleasure cruise (correction: Neil tweeted… not a pleasure cruise!)
  • Lone survivor of the boat

Stay Tuned For More Helix Goodness!

A live Fan Cast is planned for this upcoming week on Wednesday January 21st, 2015 at 9PM ET. For more info, head over to our live event page at helixpodcast.com/live

Interact and Spread The Virus!

Let us know what you think about this episode of the Helix Podcast, as well as the “San Jose” season two premiere episode of Helix! There are several ways to interact with us!

  • Leave us a comment, question, or suggestion below
  • Leave us a listener voicemail by clicking the button at the top right of this screen. We may use your voicemail on the show!
  • Send an email to: feedback [at] helixpodcast [dot] com
  • Follow @helixpodcast on Twitter! Also be sure to use hashtag #helix
  • Yes we have a tumblr! We cool! Check out (you guessed it) helixpodcast.tumblr.com and be sure to send us your neat quotes, favorite gifs, fan art, memes and more using the submit button. Look for cool show stuff using tag “helix syfy” on tumblr.

Find Ryan and Tim

Ryan can be found on Twitter by @therab. Tim can be found on Twitter by @timarthur.

 

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“Play God. Pay the price?” The Helix Podcast invites you to press play and relive the days. The ooey gooey gory good days of Helix. Tim and I put together this list of 13 ways to prepare for 13 new days of Helix. Season 2 starts Friday January 16th on Syfy.
  1. It was one of the hottest Helix fan questions on Twitter in 2014. Is Hatake coming back? We found Hatake. J/K.

  2. Two season 2 interviews! Listen to the latest Helix podcast cast interview featuring series star Neil Napier. Read the geeky interview with executive produce Steven Maeda and Neil Napier over on Mary the Geek’s blog.

  3. Start watching season 1 right now. You can do it. You definitely have 13 hours to spare before the premiere. You may have to call in sick to work. Tune into the Helix season 1 marathon on Syfy tonight and tomorrow or tune into Netflix to binge out on the black goo goodness. Hydrate like Hatake. Yaaaaassss.

  4. WTH? What the Helix? Watch the 5 minute Syfy recap of Season 1 on YouTube.

  5. Laugh and cry and nerd out with the seriously silly Helix fan panel from Dragon Con 2014.

  6. Lettuce ask you a question. What is that Yellow stuff? Maybe Narvik C, as in, see it grow up your body and take over your brain? Forget Orange. Yellow is the new Black. Tell us what you think about the Yellow goo stuff! Tweet your ideas and science-ish talk with hashtag #WhatTheHelix

  7. Wondering about that creepy cool Helix score and the super cool music? Check out Helix composer Reinhold Heil’s sexy new website.  

  8. No, really, we found Hatake! Seriously. Watch the latest Helix trailer “Harvest” 

  9. Explore trippy explorations of Helix with our friend Stephen Sumner on the Optimal Human Modulation blog. Follow @OpHuMod on twitter for a consistently fantastic constant iv drip of Helix pontifications.

  10. Subscribe to the Helix Podcast on iTunes. We talk about each new day of Helix, each episode, every week.

  11. It’s almost time. Get your twitter apps ready. Charge your tablet and/or smart phone. Do some thumb exercises. Play along with show runner @SteveMaeda and @NeilNapier as they live tweet the season 2 premiere. Be sure to follow @Helix. We’ll also be tweeting our reactions and crazy commentary during the Day 1 broadcast live – follow @HelixPodcast.

  12. Keep calm and Helix is almost on. Countdown the seconds to the Season 2 premiere at 10pm on January 16. 

  13. Bonus: Join friends of Helix Podcast for a live “fan cast” Wednesday night January 21st at 9PM Eastern. Join in and play along with a geeky team of Helix super fans. Tune in at helixpodcast.com/live/ 

Do you know the way to San Jose? 

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Image via SyFy

Image via SyFy

Neil Napier – Helix Pre Season Two Premiere Interview

Welcome to the Helix Podcast, the fan podcast that dives deep into the SyFy series “Helix.”

The Season 2 premiere of Helix is less than a week away. Are you excited? We sure as heck are!

King vector and friend of the podcast Neil Napier was gracious enough to chat with us for a few minutes to let us know what he was up to, and to share some of his thoughts on the direction the show will take in Season 2.

Topics we touched upon:

  1. Burning questions from Season 1. Will they be answered?
  2. Working with new cast members.
  3. Claustrophobia (comparing Season 1 to Season 2)
  4. Production art
  5. Don’t call it a reboot!

And much, much more…

Once again… huge thanks to Neil for spending some time to chat with us this weekend. We’ll be talking to Neil again as we head into Season 2! Be sure to follow him on Twitter @neilnapier. Neil and Helix producer @SteveMaeda will be live-tweeting the Season 2 premiere show on January 16th at 10PM Eastern time.

Another Pre-Season Episode on the way!

We’ll be releasing another episode prior to the Helix Season 2 premiere. We are planning a fan cast with friends of the show this week. Stay tuned to this site or follow our tweets @helixpodcast for more information. You will not want to miss it!

Interact and Spread The Virus!

  • Let us know what you are looking forward to in the upcoming season!
  • What do you think of the new production art?
  • What questions lingering from Season 1 do you need answers for?

There are several ways to interact with us!

  • Leave us a comment, question, or suggestion below
  • Leave us a listener voicemail by clicking the button at the top right of this screen. We may use your voicemail on the show!
  • Send an email to: feedback [at] helixpodcast [dot] com
  • Follow and interact with @helixpodcast on Twitter! We usually live tweet the shows and discuss reactions to each episodes before the podcast each week with hashtag #helix.
  • Nerd out with the fandom on tumblr. We post cool memes, gifs, fan art, reviews and all the geeky banter each week on the helixpodcast tumblr! Also check out tag “helix syfy” for more stuff.
  • Like and interact with the fans on our Facebook Page

Find Ryan and Tim

Ryan can be found on Twitter @therab , and on tvtag (formerly GetGlue) with the username theRab. Tim can be found on Twitter @timarthur , and on tvtag with the username timarthur

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Helix 'Icebreaker' Panel at Dragon Con 2014

Helix ‘Icebreaker’ Panel at Dragon Con 2014

On Sunday morning August 31, 2014, Helix fans attending Dragon Con 2014 gathered to share their passion about the show. Our own Ryan Boyles had the opportunity to share the stage at the Helix Icebreaker Fan Panel with four other great panelists.

Ryan joined Tricia Ennis, Ryan Guthrie, Jessa Phillips, and Kitty Chandler to spend about an hour diving in and out and sideways through the universe and fandom that is Helix.

Warning: Nothing but spoilers here folks! If you haven’t watched season one in its entirety, you will probably want to steer clear of this episode until you do so!

Black Gooey Like Sunday Morning

There was some spirited conversation about many polarizing aspects of the show. Topics of note included:

  • The Science of Helix
  • Immortality and intent
  • Favorite characters
  • Predictions for season two

A huge thanks to Slice of Sci Fi for providing some incredible prizes for attending fans, including a Helix Season One Press Kit!

Some info about the panelists:

Watch the video of the Helix Fan Panel below:

What Is Dragon Con, and Why You Should Be There

Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction & fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe.

The convention is organized for fans, and features more than about 3,000 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music and gaming over four days.

Interact and Spread The Virus!

There are several ways to interact with us!

  • Leave us a comment, question, or suggestion below
  • Leave us a listener voicemail by clicking the button at the top right of this screen. We may use your voicemail on the show!
  • Send an email to: feedback [at] helixpodcast [dot] com
  • Follow and interact with @helixpodcast on Twitter!
  • Visit, like, and interact on our Facebook Page (because you have to have a FB page right?)
  • Bonus: yes we have a tumblr! We cool! Check out (you guessed it) helixpodcast.tumblr.com and be sure to send us your neat quotes, favorite photos, fan art, memes and more using the submit button. Look for cool show stuff using tag “helix syfy” on tumblr.

Find Ryan and Tim

Ryan can be found on Twitter by @therab , and on tvtag (formerly GetGlue) with the username theRab. Tim can be found on Twitter by @timarthur , and on tvtag with the username timarthur.

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Tom Savini - "Tom of the Dead" Panel at Dragon Con 2014

Tom Savini – “Tom of the Dead” Panel at Dragon Con 2014

What inspires the master of gore? Horror fans were in heaven when attending Dragon Con 2014.  Horror make-up/effects legend and actor Tom Savini sat on three panels and spent time in the “Walk of Fame” talking to fans.

Tom’s solo panel “Tom of the Dead” was a real treat, as he shared great stories about his  time as a combat photographer in Vietnam, working with George A. Romero on “Night of the Living Dead,” and much more. He was happy to field questions from the audience, speak about his inspirations, and offer advice to those that are interested in pursuing careers in filmmaking.

It was interesting to learn that while he was a combat photographer, he was exposed to the realistic gore of war wounds that later led to his ability to effectively recreate gruesome injuries for the screen. He also credits his time in that role as valuable study in anatomy.

Tom’s childhood inspiration that sparked his interest in make-up effects was Lon Chaney, and he mentioned the Chaney documentary Man of a Thousand Faces as a huge influence.

Covering early career milestones like “Friday the 13th” and “Creepshow,” as well as later films like “From Dusk Till Dawn,” Tom offered insights and great stories about his involvement and experiences. He also shared information about the Tom Savini Make-Up Effects Program and participation in upcoming projects.

It’s panels like this that make Dragon Con so special. Fans can get unfiltered information directly from their icons.

Watch the panel video below:

Prior to taking questions, Tom previewed the upcoming documentary on his career that some of his effects school students are putting together. Entitled “Smoke and Mirrors,” it will no doubt become a staple in the viewing library of horror and makeup effect fans. For a teaser of “Smoke and Mirrors,” you can watch the video below:

When asked what film moments scared him, he mentioned sequences from the Exorcist and Alien. We also learned that Tom is scared of bugs and razor blades.

He is quick to praise peers like Rob Bottin, Greg Nicotero, and the late Stan Winston. He called Rob Bottin’s work on John Carpenter‘s “The Thing” the ‘Gold Standard’ of splatter effects.

Pick up a copy of Tom’s book “Grande Illusions” via the link below.

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Grande Illusions: Book I & 2 by Tom Savini

What Is Dragon Con, and Why You Should Be There

Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction & fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe.

The convention is organized for fans, and features more than about 3,000 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music and gaming over four days.

Interact and Spread The Virus!

There are several ways to interact with us!

  • Leave us a comment, question, or suggestion below
  • Leave us a listener voicemail by clicking the button at the top right of this screen. We may use your voicemail on the show!
  • Send an email to: feedback [at] helixpodcast [dot] com
  • Follow and interact with @helixpodcast on Twitter!
  • Visit, like, and interact on our Facebook Page (because you have to have a FB page right?)
  • Bonus: yes we have a tumblr! We cool! Check out (you guessed it) helixpodcast.tumblr.com and be sure to send us your neat quotes, favorite photos, fan art, memes and more using the submit button. Look for cool show stuff using tag “helix syfy” on tumblr.

Find Ryan and Tim

Ryan can be found on Twitter by @therab , and on tvtag (formerly GetGlue) with the username theRab. Tim can be found on Twitter by @timarthur , and on tvtag with the username timarthur.

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Helix 'Icebreaker' Panel at Dragon Con 2014

Helix ‘Icebreaker’ Fan Panel at Dragon Con 2014 – Photo: Tim Arthur

Vectors Unite

Many television shows fail to click and gain a large fan following in the first season. Helix, on the other hand,  has amassed a very loyal following. The show has been greenlit for a second season which is currently in production in Canada. New Helix episodes will air in the winter of 2015.

At Dragon Con 2014, a large number of Helix fans showed up at the ‘Icebreaker’ panel to talk about black goo, share their favorite season one moments, and theorize about what’s on the horizon for season 2. The panel was part of the American Science Fiction and Fanstasy Media track at Dragon Con.

Panelists included:

The panel was kicked off by a special video greeting recorded by Helix cast members Neil Napier and Jordan Hayes. They expressed that they’d love to join the fans at Dragon Con, but due to the fact that they are in production, attendance this year wasn’t possible. See the special greeting shared below.

There Will Be Dialog…

When Helix fans are engaging with each other, there’s never a shortage of spirited conversation. Panel discussion topics covered a wide gamut of topics, including favorite characters, accuracy of science referenced on screen, plotlines, and predictions for season 2.

Starting off, panelist Tricia Ennis noted that she felt that Helix was initially marketed and presented as something akin to a TV version of John Carpenters ‘The Thing’ (arctic bio-terror,) but it became quickly apparent that it was so much more. What really seems to hook fans is the development of the character relationships on the show, combined with the dangers found within the claustrophobic setting.

For nearly an hour, the panel debated, fielded questions from fans, and reminisced about what made season one of Helix so memorable. It was clear that panelists and fans dove deep into the show to find detailed facts and points to bring to the discussion.

At the tail end of the panel, fans had the chance to answer some tough Helix trivia and win some incredible prizes. The panel gave away some very nice prizes, including episode DVDs and a Helix Press Kit. Huge thanks go out to Slice of SciFi for donating those incredible prizes!

Upset that you missed out on the panel this year? Watch the recording of the entire panel below…

Fans Make It Happen

By focusing on fans and nurturing their desire to gather and share their experiences, Dragon Con rises the other conventions.

In addition to this Icebreaker panel, fans looking for their Helix fix could also attend the Helix: Could It Happen session.

What Is Dragon Con, and Why You Should Be There

Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction & fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe.

The convention is organized for fans, and features more than about 3,000 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music and gaming over four days.

Interact and Spread The Virus!

There are several ways to interact with us!

  • Leave us a comment, question, or suggestion below
  • Leave us a listener voicemail by clicking the button at the top right of this screen. We may use your voicemail on the show!
  • Send an email to: feedback [at] helixpodcast [dot] com
  • Follow and interact with @helixpodcast on Twitter!
  • Visit, like, and interact on our Facebook Page (because you have to have a FB page right?)
  • Bonus: yes we have a tumblr! We cool! Check out (you guessed it) helixpodcast.tumblr.com and be sure to send us your neat quotes, favorite photos, fan art, memes and more using the submit button. Look for cool show stuff using tag “helix syfy” on tumblr.

Find Ryan and Tim

Ryan can be found on Twitter by @therab , and on tvtag (formerly GetGlue) with the username theRab. Tim can be found on Twitter by @timarthur , and on tvtag with the username timarthur.

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dragon conWe live in difficult times. Politics and religion divide us. Rarely do we witness masses of people uniting to gather in communion.

Wouldn’t it be great to find a place where our daily woes can take a backseat, even if just for a little while?

Each year on Labor Day Weekend in Downtown Atlanta, Dragon Con casts a spell that changes our reality.

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What is Dragon Con?

IMG_1148Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction & fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe.

The convention is organized for fans, and features more than about 3,000 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music and gaming over four days.

Varied fandoms swarm upon five huge four-star hotels in downtown Atlanta, Georgia to embrace their fandoms and get their freak on.

Interview with Dan Carroll

This week, we had the pleasure of talking with Dan Carroll, Director of Media Relations (@DragonConMedia) at Dragon Con. He explains in detail what makes Dragon Con a unique experience, and how the focus on fans has made it the top event to attend for discerning geeks all over the universe.

He shares a wealth of information about what attendees can expect this year, offers some tips to enhance your experience at Dragon Con, and shares some great personal stories about past years at Dragon Con.

Why You Should Be There

9632404298_05c498154d_oLast year I attended Dragon Con for the first time. It was the first convention I had ever attended. At first, I was overwhelmed by the sheer scope of what I was seeing.

Thousands had gathered to bond with others over their shared fandoms, and to explore more about topics that they were passionate about. By the end of the weekend, I was hooked. I knew I’d be back next year. In fact, I purchased my attendee membership for this years Dragon Con before I left last year’s event!

In our daily lives, we see divisive lines drawn between people that are of different ethnicities, political factions, religious beliefs, and sexual orientations. This is NOT something you will see at Dragon Con.

People from all walks of life unite for four days of camaraderie.

Whether you’d like to experience the chance to talk with some of your favorite celebrities, show off your cosplay creations, attend panels for television shows like “The Walking Dead,” or purchase original artwork from world-renowned artists, you can do that and so much more at Dragon Con.

It’s All About The FansSteampunk RAB at Dragon Con 2013

Attending fan panels is a great way to interact with others that share your passion for a favorite television show, movie franchise, comic, or interest. This year, Ryan has the honor of being a panelist on the Helix Fan Panel (“Ice breaker” at 10AM Sunday). It’s early for Dragon Con but we hope to see you there! It’s a chance for Ryan and I to meet other Helix fans in person and have great discussions about why we love the show, conspiracy theories, science talk and much more.

Attendees have unending opportunities to embrace their fandom of choice, discover new worlds and connect with other geeks from around the world.

Quick Facts about Dragon Con:IMG_1167 (1)

  • This year marks the 28th Dragon Con convention.
  • More than 62,000 attendees are expected this year.
  • Since 2005, Dragon*Con has raised more $311,000 for its official charities, which change each year.
  • Members and guests can also participate in panels, workshops, and contests hosted by more than 35 different fandoms
    covering everything from science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, science, literature, puppetry and film.
  • Workshops give attendees a chance to work closely with experts on writing, tai chi, belly dancing, special effects, and costuming.
  • Other programming events include live concerts, puppet shows, late night parties, DJ hosted dances and Friday Night Wrestling.
  • Dragon Con is also proud to host the largest and most diverse juried art event in fandom, as well as a four-day film festival.

Important Links – Learn More About Dragon Con:

Connect and Interact With Us!

9633122772_f2d873a03f_oLet us know what you think about this episode of the Helix Podcast, as well as the interview with Dan Carroll from Dragon Con! If you are attending Dragon Con, please reach out! We’d love to hang out with fellow Vectors and new Helix fans (as well as fans of Star Wars, Horror, Battlestar Galactica, Warehouse 13, Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Batman (Gotham), Continuum, X-Files and a bunch of comic books).

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Image via SyFy

Image via SyFy

Helix Summer Hiatus – SDCC Extravaganza

Welcome to the Helix Podcast, a fan podcast that dives deep into the SyFy series “Helix.” This episode brings us back after a bit of a hiatus, and features a roundup of all the Helix goodness from the 2014 SDCC! Join us as we talk about what may be coming up in Season 2 and more!

After each episode, join hosts Ryan Boyles and Tim Arthur as they discuss each Helix episode, share news about the show, interview cast and crew, and bring you predictions on what may be to come. Warning: Spoilers Ahead!

Helix News

  • The Helix cast and crew took over San Diego Comic-con this week; we weren’t there but our friends in the Helixr hoarde have given us the scoop!
  • We are going to share all the Helix season 2 previews, Comic-con panel news and our views with all of you this week on the show!!
  • Babies! Beards! Shirtlesseros! Singing! Showers! Limos! New Cast! New Locations! New Writers! Predictions! Confirmations! Neil! Jordan! Steve! Kyra! Mark! Tweets! Shipping! Monkeys! Gore! And More!!

Favorite Five Moments (or Four in this case…)

This is Day 13+however many it’s been or is it 235 + same? We’re confused. Anyway…

  1. Helix podcast summer hiatus: What have we been doing?
  2. SDCC social media shenanigans including swanky limo rides, Sharknado 2 plus Balleseros is still sexy even when wearing a shirt
  3. SDCC panel teasers, previews and new cast members?
  4. SDCC cast interviews, or what is in store for season 2?

Discussion

Our Summer hiatus

  • We were not at SDCC… boooo!
  • But we’re going to season 2 set-visit soon. Yaaay!!
  • Tim – Fireworks, NY
  • Ryan – Orlando, NC coast, London  – “it’s monkeys out here”
  • Coming up: Dragon*Con

SDCC social media

SDCC panel

SDCC cast and crew interviews

Big questions of the week

  • When is the season 2 set visit? We want to visit the Island!
  • Is Island re-utilizing Sharknado 2 set resources in Montreal?
  • Ron D. Moore AMA on Reddit redd.it/2c26yi
  • What is going on with Dr. Hataki? Is Hiroyuki Sanada staying on Extant?
  • What are the best bits when you re-watched Season 1 on DVD or Blu-ray?
  • Did you find any easter eggs or goodies on the Season 1 Blu-ray?

Death count

  • No one has died at San Diego Comic-con, that we know of…

Stay Tuned For More Helix Goodness!

We’ll be back in a couple of weeks or maybe sooner with more Helix news! We’re also planning to re-watch all of Season One and find a way to interact with fans as we do so!

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Let us know what you think about this episode of the Helix Podcast, as well as the “Dans L’ombre” season one finale episode of Helix! There are several ways to interact with us!

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Find Ryan and Tim

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Neil Napier - Post Season One Interview

Neil Napier in Dans L’ombre

Neil Napier – Post Season One Interview

Welcome to the Helix Podcast, a fan podcast that dives deep into the SyFy series “Helix.”

Ryan and I once again had the pleasure of speaking with Neil Napier to get his take on the Season Two renewal, recollect the events of Season One, and run some of our Season Two theories by him.

We’ve enjoyed seeing the roller-coaster ride of Neil’s character Peter Farragut, and loved speaking more with him about the ongoing development of the character.

Warning: Spoilers Ahead! – The interview features plot points from several of Helix Season One episodes, so please watch Season One before listening to the interview!

Neil was incredibly generous in sharing some of his valuable weekend time with us. Talking with Neil is always fun. Here’s a few of the topics we discussed:

  1. What moments or episodes of Season One were your favorite?
  2. How did you first learn about the Season Two renewal, and how did you celebrate?
  3. Is Peter the father of Sarah Jordan’s baby?
  4. Have you signed on for Season Two yet?
  5. Are you ready to come join us for some NC Barbecue?

And much, much more…

Once again… huge thanks to Neil for spending some time to chat with us this weekend. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @neilnapier. We’ll be talking to Neil again in the future to talk more  about Helix and to find out what he is up to!

Interact and Spread The Virus!

Let us know what you think about this episode of the Helix Podcast, as well as the interview With Neil Napier!

There are several ways to interact with us!

  • Leave us a comment, question, or suggestion below
  • Leave us a listener voicemail by clicking the button at the top right of this screen. We may use your voicemail on the show!
  • Send an email to: feedback [at] helixpodcast [dot] com
  • Follow and interact with @helixpodcast on Twitter!
  • Visit, like, and interact on our Facebook Page

Find Ryan and Tim

Ryan can be found on Twitter @therab , and on tvtag (formerly GetGlue) with the username theRab. Tim can be found on Twitter @timarthur , and on tvtag with the username timarthur

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